10 Centimes Vichy French State; large issue

10 Centimes (Vichy French State; large issue) -  obverse10 Centimes (Vichy French State; large issue) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer France
Period French State (1940-1944)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1941-1943
Value 10 Centimes (0.1)
Currency Franc (1795-1959)
Composition Zinc
Weight 2.5 g
Diameter 21 mm
Thickness 1 mm
Shape Round with a round hole
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 07-31-1947
Number N# 704
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References F# 141,
Stéphane Desrousseaux, Michel Prieur, Laurent Schmitt; 2014. Le Franc (10th edition). Les Chevau-légers, Paris, France.
KM# 898,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Gad# 290
Francesco Pastrone; 2017. Monnaies francaises, 1789-2017 (23rd edition). Éditions Victor Gadoury, Monaco.

Obverse

Wheat Ears on either side of the hole at the bottom

Lettering:
ETAT
FRANÇAIS
A. DE G.

Translation:
STATE
FRENCH
A. DE G.

Engraver: Atelier de gravure

Reverse

Oak Leaves on either side of the Hole

Lettering:
10
CENTIMES
1941

Engraver: Atelier de gravure

Edge

Reeded (with narrow grroves = common / wide grooves = rare)

10 Centimes (Vichy French State; large issue) -  obverse

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Mint

Paris, France (864-date)

Comments



1943 issue also exists as smaller KM#903

Two varieties according to Krause:
KM # 898.1: 21mm, heavy (2,65gr) to thick flank (1,5mm)
KM # 898.2: 21.3mm, light (2.46g) thin-walled (1.3mm)

Heavy (thick) and light (fine) variants, even if they are collected, are irrelevant. The differences in weight and thickness are due to the conjecture of the time:
- the zinc used is often of poor quality
- the material used for the manufacture of blanks and the striking is little renewed, especially for rolling
- the pressing need for cash lowers the quality requirements to increase the rate of production
- ipse facto, the tolerance and the differences of weight increase.

To calculate this difference according to the specifications:
- theoretical weight of 2.5 gr
- tolerance granted of 50 thousandths

2.5 / 1000x50 = 0.125 gr

Minimum acceptable weight: 2,5 - 0,125 = 2,375 gr
Maximum weight accepted: 2,5 + 0,125 = 2,625 gr

Therefore, the weight of these currencies can be between 2,375 gr and 2,625 gr to be in accordance with the specifications of manufacture. Coins whose weights are in this range are normal and given the conjecture, we can assume that currencies exceeding this range could be accepted, perhaps between 2.2 and 2.8 grams.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1941  0.6% F. 141/1 - Pattern
1941  70 860 000 $ 0.14 $ 0.23 $ 0.58 $ 0.99 $ 2.48 $ 5.80 $ 73 79% F. 141/2 - KM#898 - variable thickness (see comments)
1942  139 598 400 $ 0.06 $ 0.33 $ 0.58 $ 0.93 $ 1.45 50% F. 141/3 - KM#898 - variable thickness (see comments)
1943  48 957 600 $ 0.15 $ 0.52 $ 1.10 $ 1.16 $ 3.48 $ 8.42 44% F. 141/4 - KM#898 - variable thickness (see comments)

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